Warren, OH seventeen-year-old virtuoso Darrius Simmons is unquestionably making his mark in the music world in more ways than one.
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Coming up on 21 News 11 P.M., an update on a piano prodigy from Warren who was born with four fingers total. Darrius Simmons is now writing his own music and his original song has gone viral! Leslie Barrett caught up with the talented teen about the song, high school and what's next. #darriussimmons #pianoprodigy #piano #warrenohio
Born with only two fingers on his right hand and only one on his left, Simmons did not let his disability dull the sparkle of his God-given musical talent. Three weeks ago, a video surfaced of the teen, and it went viral.
A junior at Warren G. Harding High School, Simmons admitted in an interview to WKYC that he taught himself how to play the piano and compose music. “I just looked at what people did and I just copied it. I found out my own way to work around it.”
Simmons has been in the spotlight before when he was invited to Carnegie Hall to play with 15-year-old Korean pianist Yiruma and in the near future, this talented teen will have the opportunity to wow the entire country when he will be seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
In addition to having only three fingers, and a thumb, when Simmons was 18-months-old, his legs were amputated as a result of another medical issue. Yet, despite the medical challenges, Simmons hasn’t let anything slow him down or dull his shine. Simmons has also learned to play the trombone and plans to continue to study music after high school in college.
“I want to be an inspiration for people. That’s what I want to do when I get older. To prove you can do things when you put your mind to it. That’s really my main goal. To be an inspiration to people.”
And we think that Darrius truly is. Check out his unique composition, “Dreams are Forever” below and let us know what you think.